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OBITUARY - Willie Arthur Burr

In Loving Memory of Willie Arthur Burr

July 31, 1931 - March 18, 2018

Willie Arthur Burr was born in West Tulsa, Oklahoma on July 31, 1931. He was the second of eight children born to Reverend Timothy and Eunice Burr. Willie grew up in a rural area on the outskirts of Tulsa for his childhood. After high school Willie entered the Marine Corps on 22 August 1950, fighting in the Korean War for the next three years.  He was honorably discharged on 12 August   1953 with the rank of Corporal.  

Upon returning Willie worked at Douglass Aircraft in Torrance and at the same time enrolled at the Chouinard Art Institute where he learned art and fashion design. Working for the next few years at Douglass aircraft he finally decided to open up his own tailor shop in 1961. Arthur Williams Custom Tailoring would dominate custom tailoring for the next 4 decades winning numerous awards and dressing famous personalities traveling through the Los Angeles area. At his shop located on South Broadway, it was not uncommon to find personalities who enjoyed fine clothing such as Sly Stone or Thurston Frazier. Willie was a bachelor all his life, preferring to dedicate his life to his shop and his craft. 

After retirement, Willie spent most of his time taking care of his mother until she passed in 2002. Willie"s life will continue to be celebrated by his brothers Morgan, and Isaac. He was preceded in death by three brothers, James George, John, and one sister Louella. Willie also leaves a host of nieces and nephews to cherish his memory.

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The family of Willie Arthur Burr would like to thank you for the many acts of loving kindness shown to us during our bereavement. Your thoughtfulness is deeply appreciated and will always be remembered.

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